For the second time in less than six months, UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor will face former The Ultimate Fighter winner Nate Diaz at welterweight. “This is the fight the fans wanted, and I’m excited that our very first event at Madison Square Garden will be headlined by Eddie Alvarez defending the lightweight title against Conor McGregor,” White revealed to ESPN “This card has three world title fights and is the best card in UFC history.” Yes, 2015 was filled with some of the history’s most exciting MMA fights, and combat events, and fighters, and knockouts, and submissions; but the year belonged to one athlete, in particular, UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor, who is our Fighter of the Year.
And while it’s rare for a fighter with a loss to earn top honors, McGregor not only went on to avenge his loss to Diaz, delivering one of the top performances of the year for his UFC 202 majority decision win , but he also went on to fulfill his destiny as the UFC’s first dual-champion, after he knocked out Eddie Alvarez in the UFC 205 main event. And for the monumental event, the UFC has booked its biggest star, featherweight champion Conor McGregor, who will attempt to become the first fighter in the 23-year history of the UFC to simultaneously hold titles in two different weight classes.
Already featherweight champion, courtesy of his thirteen-second knockout victory over Jose Aldo last December, the Dubliner will goal to turn into the primary man within the promotion’s historical past to hold two belts at the same time when he challenges for Eddie Alvarez’s lightweight title at UFC 205. McGregor created historical past earlier this month at the UFC 205 event at the Madison Square Backyard Arena in New York, beating American Eddie Alvarez to become the primary fighter in UFC history to carry two title belts on the identical time. John Kavanagh, coach of Final Preventing Championship (UFC) light-weight champion Conor McGregor, has lashed out at the promotional company over their decision to strip the Irishman of the featherweight title belt, calling the choice as shortsighted.
Headlined by a historic Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez light-weight title struggle, UFC 205 additionally featured a welterweight championship bout between Tyron Woodley and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and a fight between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Karolina Kowalkiewicz for the strawweight strap.
UFC on Tuesday pulled featherweight champion Conor McGregor from a lot-anticipated rematch in opposition to Nate Diaz, hours after the 27-year-old fighter tweeted he was retiring. Probably the most expected rematch in (UFC) historical past is finally upon us with Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz set to battle it out after their epic battle at UFC 196 earlier this year.